Subjective Reports of Trouble Tolerating Sound in Daily Life versus Loudness Discomfort Levels Purpose A retrospective analysis of tonal and speech loudness discomfort levels (LDLs) relative to a subjective report of sound tolerance (SRST) was performed to explore the relation between the 2 commonly used clinical measures. Method Tonal LDLs and SRST were measured for 139 U.S. military veterans who were ... Research Note
Research Note  |   December 01, 2016
Subjective Reports of Trouble Tolerating Sound in Daily Life versus Loudness Discomfort Levels
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tara L. Zaugg
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
  • Emily J. Thielman
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
  • Susan Griest
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
    Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • James A. Henry
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
    Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Tara L. Zaugg: tara.zaugg@va.gov
  • Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
  • Associate Editor: Owen Murnane
    Associate Editor: Owen Murnane×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / Research Notes
Research Note   |   December 01, 2016
Subjective Reports of Trouble Tolerating Sound in Daily Life versus Loudness Discomfort Levels
American Journal of Audiology, December 2016, Vol. 25, 359-363. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-15-0034
History: Received December 18, 2015 , Revised May 22, 2016 , Accepted June 23, 2016
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2016, Vol. 25, 359-363. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-15-0034
History: Received December 18, 2015; Revised May 22, 2016; Accepted June 23, 2016
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Purpose A retrospective analysis of tonal and speech loudness discomfort levels (LDLs) relative to a subjective report of sound tolerance (SRST) was performed to explore the relation between the 2 commonly used clinical measures.

Method Tonal LDLs and SRST were measured for 139 U.S. military veterans who were recruited into a study providing intervention for tinnitus. Spearman's rank correlation coefficients were computed to assess the relation between the tonal and speech LDLs and the SRST.

Results Only weak correlations were found between tonal LDLs and SRST and between speech LDLs and SRST.

Conclusion If LDLs ratings of SRST measured the same phenomenon, the measures would be strongly negatively correlated. The weak correlations found between the measures suggest that LDLs do not accurately represent a patient's ability to tolerate sound in daily life.

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